Sadaf Syed is known for breaking down stereotypes as she educates and inspires her audience through the eyes of photography and the perspectives of her subjects. Born in Illinois and raised in Los Angeles, Syed graduated from California State University at Fullerton. It was after the events of 9/11 that Syed observed society’s biased notions and attitudes about and toward Muslim women. She set out to travel across the United States to photograph and capture the stories of women who wear the hijab across the country. – Photographs by Sadaf Syed

Usra Ghazi, Interfaith activist
Usra Ghazi, Interfaith activist
Mariem Brakache, Boxer
Mariem Brakache, Boxer
Zakia Mahasa, Judge
Zakia Mahasa, Judge
Nosheen Cassim, Make-up Artist
Nosheen Cassim, Make-up Artist
Aurelia Khatib, Aspiring photojournalist/elementary school teacher
Aurelia Khatib, Aspiring photojournalist/elementary school teacher
Asma Azim, Truck Driver
Asma Azim, Truck Driver
Autumny Hardest, US Army Specialist
Autumny Hardest, US Army Specialist
Hina Khan-Mukhtar, Homeschooling Mom of Three
Hina Khan-Mukhtar, Homeschooling Mom of Three

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Suhail Yusuf
Mar 14, 2011 04:14pm
Amazing and fascinating images of the success stories of women across US. Thank you Sadaf, I really appreciate your dedication and hard work. Please try to write something on the subject in the form of book. I wish I could see more images on the topic.
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mushtaq
Mar 14, 2011 10:12pm
very nice
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Ali
Mar 14, 2011 11:01pm
Great Pictures! Keep up the good work!
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a ercelan
Mar 14, 2011 11:06pm
the quest is banal. sad.
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Panhwer
Mar 14, 2011 11:47pm
I pay compliments for such brilliant work. Such efforts are necessary to educate and inspire other women to come forward.
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sadaf syed
Mar 15, 2011 03:17am
Salaams Suhail, Thank you for your kind words. In fact these images are in a book called iCOVER: A Day in the Life of a Muslim-American COVERed Girl. Its a photo documentary book to educate and inspire, insha Allah. Once can support by ordering iCOVER from www.sadafsyed.com or on amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004NN1ZEU/ref=c...
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Marya
Mar 15, 2011 10:45am
Beautiful photography.... Its encouraging to see these women in unconventional roles. Just demonstrates that we harbor the ability to achieve all that we believe we can..........
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